The third class in an Allen Ginsberg course on expansive poetics. Ginsberg begins the class with a discussion of Walt Whitman's Song of myself. This is follow-up from the previous class. He reads portions and discusses the evidence of Whitman's ego and then discusses negative capability. The class then turns to Fernando Pessoa, and poems including Salutation to Walt Whitman, Poem in a straight line, and Tobacco shop are read and discussed. The class reads and talks about Frederico Garcia Lorca's Ode to Walt Whitman, and discusses Lorca's life and the imagery in his poem.
April 21, 2016 Subject:
Fernando Pessoa reading by Allen Ginsberg
The entire lecture, mostly centered on Walt Whitman and his influence, is wonderful. Ginsberg's reading of Fernando Pessoa's Ode To Walt Whitman is a highlight. For fans of beat, surreal, dada and cubist poetry, this is an essential listen.
4: lecture begins, Whitman's visionary list poem
10: discussion of egotism and Whitman
26: Hinayana, Mahayana, Tantric models of awareness practice re: whitman
37:30 great reading of Pessoa's "salutation to Walt Whitman"
54: Expansive- "seizure of imagination" gets basic idea and "pushes it to its extreme"
1:03: Tobacco Shop
1:10iash: Reads Maritime Ode? Similar to "please master" and others from Pessoa
1:23: Pessoa gay?
1:24: Lorca "greatest poem of the century"
One small note: Allen refers to "the anthology" all through the expansive poetry class. Any chance we could have a table of contents?